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Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments:
W. 130th Street Entrance Ramp to I-480 Eastbound Reopened Early
I-480 westbound exit ramp to W. 130th Street to Close Monday, November 9 

Garfield Heights (Wednesday, November 4, 2009) Crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have completed work on the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 eastbound and today reopened the ramp - six days earlier than expected.

The ramp was originally closed on Monday, October 19 and was anticipated to remain closed through Monday, November 9 however work was completed nearly a week ahead of schedule.

Beginning on Monday, November 9, crews will complete the project by performing pavement upgrades to the I-480 westbound exit ramp to W. 130th Street.  At approximately 6 a.m. Monday morning, the ramp will close for a period of approximately 21 days or until November 30, 2009. 

Motorists may detour via I-480 westbound to W. 150th Street southbound to Brookpark Road eastbound to W. 130th Street. 

Work to upgrade the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 westbound was completed October 10.  Additional closures as part of this project are not expected. 

The $823,000 project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act improves badly deteriorated ramps at the interchange of I-480 and W. 130th Street in the cities of Brook Park and Cleveland. 

As of October 22, ODOT has awarded more than $507.5 million in stimulus-funded contracts on 154 state and local projects.  These projects include major interstate upgrades, bridge modernizations, and local roadway improvements. In addition, investments have also been made in our state’s urban and rural transit agencies - with the purchase of new buses and the start of construction on new transit facilities - and in our state’s airports.

All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post any new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state.

A complete list of the transportation projects prioritized for stimulus funding - with updates on projects which have been authorized, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities - can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.

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For more information, contact the ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006.